All School News – October 3, 2016

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

Last week kindergartners studied the letter “m”. They shared their “m” sound bags and learned how to formally write a lowercase “m”. Students listened to words to determine if “m” was the initial sound. They went on a listening scavenger hunt around the classroom to find pictures that start with the letter “m” and wrote the words of the pictures they found.

Kindergartners also learned about the life cycle of an apple, beginning with how an apple changes over time as it grows from a small seed. Students sequenced an apple getting eaten from start to finish.

In math, we finished our first chapter on numbers 1-5. Students learned to correctly form numbers 1-5 and placed objects in groups ranging from 1-5. In addition the class focused on recognizing and writing the number symbol, word and matching object. We continued our work on being able to spot and compare how objects, people, and animals are the same or different.

In Hebrew, kindergartners learned about Rosh Hashanah symbols and their meanings, as well as how to say different sentences in Hebrew such as “the honey is on the table” or “the shofar is on the table.” Lastly, students began their Hebrew unit on the names for different body parts, starting with the head (rosh).

This week kindergartners also learned about the letter “a” and continued with apple activities! Students made predictions if they thought the apple would sink or float and sorted and graphed the apple that tasted the best. We will conclude the week with making applesauce. We also started our next math chapter which focuses on numbers 6-10.

Wishing you and your families L’Shana Tova.

Warmly,

The Kindergarten Teachers
KINDERGARTEN

Rosh Hashanah Assembly | Friday, September 30th | 8:15 a.m. | Sanctuary
Parents invited. Please remember to wear white.

Rosh Hashanah | Monday, October 3rd and Tuesday, October 4th | NO SCHOOL

Yellow or Brown Folders: You will begin to see either a big yellow folder (room 5) or a brown folder (room 6) that will be sent home with your child. This folder contains work that your child has done from the week. Please take everything out of the folder and return to school the very next school day.

Kindergarten Shabbat Service and Dinner | October 14th | 5:30 p.m. | Zeldin-Hershenson
Online RSVP form coming soon.

Teacher Parent Conferences – You will be receiving an email in the coming weeks with sign-up information. Please note the NEW schedule for conferences:
Tuesday, November 1st | NO SCHOOL – Conferences all day
Wednesday, November 2nd | Early K-6 Dismissal 12:30 p.m – Conferences after dismissal

Technology: Students are learning to solve programming puzzles using The Foos (http://thefoos.com/) on our school iPads. This is part of the Wise School Learning Process, where children learn to code starting in kindergarten. This article, written by the creator of The Foos, explains the importance of coding for young learners. We hope you find it interesting.

Wildcat Aquatics/Swim Lessons – Swimming lessons still available! We have a few days/times left for sign up. Contact Ryan Hosler to inquire. Sign up here.


Dear 1st Grade Parents,

This week in 1st grade we focused on the phonics sound for short “o.” In math we wrapped up our first chapter on numbers 1-10 and learned new fall math games. On Wednesday, in honor of Johnny Appleseed’s birthday and Rosh Hashanah, we celebrated by having an “apple” theme day. We made math apple crafts, wrote about apples, and even had delicious apple snacks!

Wishing you and your families L’Shana Tova.

Warmly,

The 1st Grade Teachers
1st Grade

Rosh Hashanah Assembly | Friday, September 30th | 8:15 a.m. | Sanctuary
Parents invited. Please remember to wear white.

Rosh Hashanah | Monday, October 3rd and Tuesday, October 4th | NO SCHOOL

Teacher Parent Conferences – You will be receiving an email in the coming weeks with sign-up information. Please note the NEW schedule for conferences:
Tuesday, November 1st | NO SCHOOL – Conferences all day
Wednesday, November 2nd | Early K-6 Dismissal 12:30 p.m – Conferences after dismissal

Wildcat Aquatics/Swim Lessons – Swimming lessons still available! We have a few days/times left for sign up. Contact Ryan Hosler to inquire. Sign up here.

Project Studio is on Twitter. For the latest Project Studio happenings, follow us at: https://twitter.com/ProjectStudioLA


Dear 2nd Grade Parents,

Last week, 2nd graders learned how to be metacognitive while thinking about their thinking. They also worked on the reading comprehension strategies of making predictions, as well as visualizing a story in order to help retell it in their own writing. The 2nd graders celebrated the beginning of their using a real siddur at their “Haggigat Hasiddur”, Celebration of the Siddur. Together with Mrs. Volterra and Mrs. Bahat, they explored their new siddurim, finding words and prayers that they were already familiar with. After singing and dancing with their siddurim, they heard a traditional story about honey and love of learning. Of course they culminated this special experience with something delicious and sweet: Hebrew letter cookies dipped in honey to remind them that learning Hebrew will always be a sweet experience!

This week the students are continuing to review the writing process while focusing on the main idea and supporting details. They have also learned about proper and common nouns and how to identify them. In Judaic Studies the students are writing a paragraph about why a siddur is special and important to the Jewish people.

Wishing you and your families L’Shana Tova.

Warmly,

The 2nd Grade Teachers
2nd Grade

Rosh Hashanah Assembly | Friday, September 30th | 8:15 a.m. | Sanctuary
Parents invited. Please remember to wear white.

Rosh Hashanah | Monday, October 3rd and Tuesday, October 4th | NO SCHOOL

Tomorrow, Friday, September 30th: Please remember to send SOVA, Tzedakah, and have your child wear white for the Rosh Hashanah Assembly.

Spelling test reminder for tomorrow, Friday, September 30th. Please remember to review the spelling words with your child in preparation for tomorrow’s spelling test.

Nightly homework schedule:

  • Mondays – Spelling
  • Tuesdays – Integrated Studies (I.S.)
  • Wednesdays – Math
  • Thursdays – Hebrew or Judaic Studies, study for spelling, bring sova and tzedakah, wear a white shirt on Friday
  • Fridays – No Homework

Reminder to please check your students’ homework planners every night.

Shabbat Helpers for this Friday, September 30th:

  • Room 34: Yaroslav (Challah), Ivy (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Robert (Challah), Savannah (Flowers)

Shabbat Helpers for next Friday, October 7th:

  • Room 34: Sophia (Challah), Caleb (Flowers)
  • Room 36: Talia (Challah), Robert (Flowers)

Teacher Parent Conferences – You will be receiving an email in the coming weeks with sign-up information. Please note the NEW schedule for conferences:
Tuesday, November 1st | NO SCHOOL – Conferences all day
Wednesday, November 2nd | Early K-6 Dismissal 12:30 p.m – Conferences after dismissal

Technology Reminder: 2nd graders can find keyboarding practice at: www.wise-school.typingclub.com. Please note that this is optional and 2nd graders are not required to exceed their 20 minute homework time with keyboarding practice.
Username: first initial last name (example: swise)
Password: wise2016

Wildcat Aquatics/Swim Lessons – Swimming lessons still available! We have a few days/times left for sign up. Contact Ryan Hosler to inquire. Sign up here.

Project Studio is on Twitter. For the latest Project Studio happenings, follow us at: https://twitter.com/ProjectStudioLA


Dear 3rd Grade Parents,

We have started our first writing unit in 3rd grade! During the next four weeks, we will be working on a personal narrative which focuses on a time we had to solve a problem. We will be having writing workshop time twice a week, which will allow us to deepen our stories and learn to think like authors.

We have also introduced concentric circles, which is a model of teaching within the Wise Learning Process. Concentric circles encourage children to think critically within various content areas. During the introduction lesson, the children worked collaboratively in pairs and thought about the details, multiple perspectives, and conflicts that were present in the book “The Day the Crayons Quit.” We will continue to work with concentric circles throughout the year.

Wishing you and your families L’Shana Tova.

Warmly,

The 3rd Grade Teachers
3rd Grade

Rosh Hashanah Assembly | Friday, September 30th | 8:15 a.m. | Sanctuary
Parents invited. Please remember to wear white.

Rosh Hashanah | Monday, October 3rd and Tuesday, October 4th | NO SCHOOL

Please make sure your child brings their homework folder and agenda to school every day.

Your child should always have a chapter book at school.

3rd Grade Morning Social/WPA Meeting: Thursday, October 6th at 8:00 a.m. on the Plaza

Teacher Parent Conferences – You will be receiving an email in the coming weeks with sign-up information. Please note the NEW schedule for conferences:
Tuesday, November 1st | NO SCHOOL – Conferences all day
Wednesday, November 2nd | Early K-6 Dismissal 12:30 p.m – Conferences after dismissal

Wildcat Athletics 3rd Grade Basketball Clinic
Fridays | 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Faber Field | Co-ed | $100 | Maximum 20 participants 

Remaining Fall Dates: 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, and 11/4
Register: Please click HERE to register.
The clinic is a huge success and we’re hopeful more 3rd grade students will participate moving forward! The clinic takes place from 3:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m. on Faber Field for any 3rd grade boys and girls that are interested. The coaches will teach skill work and the rules of the game, as well as organize fun games and scrimmages.

Wildcat Aquatics/Swim Lessons – Swimming lessons still available! We have a few days/times left for sign up. Contact Ryan Hosler to inquire. Sign up here.

Project Studio is on Twitter. For the latest Project Studio happenings, follow us at:https://twitter.com/ProjectStudioLA


Dear 4th Grade Parents,

This week 4th graders began the process of researching the four regions of California. Students learned specific research and note-taking strategies in social studies, reading comprehension strategies for paraphrasing text, and how to organize information. In science, students are working with and creating solar energy machines.

In art, the 4th graders just completed their first project of the year. Following a TED talk shown to students about “How it takes courage to be creative”, they were given the opportunity to create compositions from circles and lines. Working with permanent markers, they proved to themselves that any “mistakes” could be “fixed” and should be considered as creative opportunities. By adding areas of black, they discovered that contrast could be used to heighten the interest of their compositions, creating balance, asymmetry, or rhythm. As they evaluated their work through a critical discussion, they started understanding why they were drawn to certain compositions, a precursor to understanding the aesthetics of art.

Wishing you and your families L’Shana Tova.

Warmly,

The 4th Grade Teachers

4th Grade

Rosh Hashanah Assembly | Friday, September 30th | 8:15 a.m. | Sanctuary
Parents invited. Please remember to wear white.

Rosh Hashanah | Monday, October 3rd and Tuesday, October 4th | NO SCHOOL

Shofar Factory visits Wise today! Thanks to the generous sponsorship by the Hashem Family, our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders will learn about the origin and making of the shofar.

Shabbat Helpers Tomorrow, Friday September 30th:
Room 33, Ms. Shapiro
Challah – Elan Haronian
Flowers – Tola Schwarz

Room 45, Ms. Neal – Ms. Neal contacted parents directly

Room 46, Ms. Hechtman
Challah – Lauren Messian
Flowers – Noa Foruzanfar

Teacher Parent Conferences – You will be receiving an email in the coming weeks with sign-up information. Please note the NEW schedule for conferences:
Tuesday, November 1st | NO SCHOOL – Conferences all day
Wednesday, November 2nd | Early K-6 Dismissal 12:30 p.m – Conferences after dismissal

Wildcat Athletics: Games for some Basketball and Flag Football teams start next week! Looking forward to another great Wildcats season!

Project Studio is on Twitter. For the latest Project Studio happenings, follow us at: https://twitter.com/ProjectStudioLA

 


Dear 5th Grade Parents,

This past week in 5th grade, we’ve assessed our understanding of the world by locating continents, oceans, and geographical features using longitude and latitude, alongside defining and pin-pointing specific features on different maps. We’ve now moved on to History Alive Chapter 2, investigating how geography and climate created change in early Native Americans’ lives. In fact, through looking at the universal themes of power, change, and conflict, we’ll prove our Big Idea: Conflict Between Man and his Environment Create Change. Woo hoo!

Moving forward, we’re looking to continue our investigation of food related words in Word Wisdom, Unit 1. Words like herbivore, satiate, and palatable should be heard around your dinner table! Be prepared for a Unit 1 Test soon. All reading classes will begin Word Voyage; stay tuned for more information there.

Wishing you and your families L’Shana Tova.

Warmly,

The 5th Grade Teachers
5th Grade

Rosh Hashanah Assembly | Friday, September 30th | 8:15 a.m. | Sanctuary
Parents invited. Please remember to wear white.

Rosh Hashanah | Monday, October 3rd and Tuesday, October 4th | NO SCHOOL

Shofar Factory visits Wise today! Thanks to the generous sponsorship by the Hashem Family, our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders will learn about the origin and making of the shofar.

Teacher Parent Conferences – You will be receiving an email in the coming weeks with sign-up information. Please note the NEW schedule for conferences:
Tuesday, November 1st | NO SCHOOL – Conferences all day
Wednesday, November 2nd | Early K-6 Dismissal 12:30 p.m – Conferences after dismissal

Wildcat Athletics: Games for some Basketball and Flag Football teams start next week! Looking forward to another great Wildcats season!

Project Studio is on Twitter. For the latest Project Studio happenings, follow us at:https://twitter.com/ProjectStudioLA


Dear 6th Grade Parents,

We had an amazing time at Gindling Hilltop Camp and Camp Hess Kramer last week on our retreat. With incredible weather, the students took part in a high ropes course, team building games, and t’fillah overlooking the Pacific Ocean…just to name a few. Watching the students participate in all the activities, it’s clear that new friendships were built and bonds were strengthened. What a special way to begin the school year, let alone head into the new year.

Coming up this week, the students in Mrs. Tanner’s reading class will be delving deeper into the Dystopian society in The Giver and discovering what propels the characters. The 6th graders will also be finding out that what seems to be “magic” tricks in math can easily be explained with mathematical reasoning.

Wishing you and your families L’Shana Tova.

Warmly,

The 6th Grade Teachers
6th Grade

Rosh Hashanah Assembly | Friday, September 30th | 8:15 a.m. | Sanctuary
Parents invited. Please remember to wear white.

Rosh Hashanah | Monday, October 3rd and Tuesday, October 4th | NO SCHOOL

Shofar Factory visits Wise today! Thanks to the generous sponsorship by the Hashem Family, our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders will learn about the origin and making of the shofar. Our 6th graders will be making their own shofar to take home for the High Holy Days.

6th Grade Shabbat Service and Dinner | October 21st | 6:15 p.m. | Sanctuary
Online RSVP form coming soon

Teacher Parent Conferences – You will be receiving an email in the coming weeks with sign-up information. Please note the NEW schedule for conferences:
Tuesday, November 1st | NO SCHOOL – Conferences all day
Wednesday, November 2nd | Early K-6 Dismissal 12:30 p.m – Conferences after dismissal

There will be additional sign-ups for 6th grade. More information to follow.

Wildcat Athletics: Games for some Basketball and Flag Football teams start next week! Looking forward to another great Wildcats season!

Project Studio is on Twitter. For the latest Project Studio happenings, follow us at: https://twitter.com/ProjectStudioLA


WISE SCHOOL
http://wise-school.org/ | 310.889.2300

All School High Holy Day Services (Parents Invited)
K-6 Rosh Hashanah Assembly | September 30th | 8:15 a.m. | Sanctuary
K-6 Yom Kippur Assembly | October 11th | 8:15 a.m. | Sanctuary
Pre-K-6 Simchat Torah Assembly | October 25th | 9:15 a.m. | Sanctuary

Family Friendly High Holy Day Temple Services
Erev Rosh Hashanah Family Soulful Service | October 2nd | 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Sanctuary
Birthday of the World Rosh Hashanah Service | October 3rd | 4:00 p.m. | Sanctuary
Yom Kippur Family Service | October 12th | 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. | Skirball Center
Simchat Torah Service | October 24th | 6:15 p.m. | Sakler Plaza

Shofar Blowing – Beginning September 6th at 7:50 a.m. – According to tradition, the shofar sound in the month of Elul “wakes us up” in preparation for the High Holy Days. Come join us every morning at 7:50 am on Faber Field for a short shofar blowing ceremony. If your child has a shofar and would like to blow it, please send it with him or her. Ask your child’s teachers to keep the shofar in class or, if you prefer, your child can bring it home every day.

Tashlich on the Beach | Sunday, October 9th | 3:00 p.m. | Santa Monica Beach Tower 24
Kids and parents are invited to join us at Tower 24 for this special event to cast our sins away and prepare for the new year! Bring blankets and a picnic for this beloved seaside tradition. View our Facebook event.

Annual Giving – We are excited to announce that one week into our Wise School Annual Giving Campaign we have already raised over $100,000, putting us more than 20% of the way to our goal! Thank you to the many families who have already donated. Our goal is 100% participation. To donate now please click here or contact Jessica Lebovits at [email protected] or 310.889.2276.

The Diener & Kadner Families Library
Mondays – Wednesdays | 7:45 a.m to 3:45 p.m.
The Temple Library has an extensive adult and children’s Judaic collection in addition to a secular children’s collection. The vast collections include books, magazines, and databases. The Library is open to all Temple members and Wise School students and faculty. Books and magazines can be checked-out for a period of two weeks. As with all libraries, it is important to return any checked-out materials on time and to pay for any lost or damaged items. We hope you will enjoy visiting the Library.

WiseFit | http://wise-school.org/wisefit/
Yoga/Pilates classes have begun! If participants wish to add to a class, click HERE for registration.

Open Swim – Staff, Parent & Templehttp://mycart.wisela.org/open-swim/
Tuesdays | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dates: 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, and 12/13
Parent/Temple Member – $25 per person, drop-in rate
Staff – $10 per person, drop-in rate *staff discount
$200 package with all dates included (save $75)

Open Swimhttp://mycart.wisela.org/open-swim/
Sundays | 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Dates: 10/2, 10/9, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, and 12/11
$25 per individual/family, drop-in rate
$200 package with all dates included (save $50)
*all kids must have adult supervision, and absolutely NO food/drink on the pool deck.


WISE PARENTS ASSOCIATION
[email protected] | http://wise-school.org/parents/wpa/

Class Fund Reminder: Class funds are due tomorrow, Friday, September 30th. Click HERE to contribute today.

September Party Book Events – Sign up for some fabulous parties coming your way in October! Register now at wiseschool.onlinepartybook.com to secure your spot.

  • October 22nd: Wine Tasting with the Lams
  • October 24th: Rolling Robots
  • October 29th: Girls’ Spa Party

SOVA Reminder: Our High Holy Days SOVA Food Drive begins next week! Don’t forget to bring items for those in need.


CENTER FOR YOUTH ENGAGEMENT – AFTERSCHOOL ENRICHMENT
[email protected] | 310.889.2263

Camp Wise Youth Event – Under the Stars Movie Night
October 15th | 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | $35
Join the Camp Wise staff for an evening away from the parents full of fun activities: pizza-making, games, DIY popcorn bar and an outdoor movie! Bring a seat and a friend!


STEPHEN WISE TEMPLE
http://www.wisela.org/ | 310.476.8561

Erev Rosh Hashanah Family Service | Sunday, October 2nd at 5:00 p.m. | Sanctuary
Our FREE Family Soulful Service on Erev Rosh Hashanah is the perfect way to kick off the High Holy Days with your whole family! Join our Clergy and community on Sunday, October 2nd at 5:00 p.m. in the main Sanctuary for an all-ages service that features contemporary music by our energetic band.

Jewish Women’s Theatre presents “Hold Me, Heal Me” | Saturday, October 8th | 6:45 p.m.
A riveting production of stories, one-act plays, and songs about the healing power of kindness is not to be missed! Reception generously sponsored by Susan and Mel Plutsky.
Buy tickets at here.

Free child care is available during High Holy Days services at both the Wise Sanctuary and the Bel Air Presbyterian Church. Registration is required by September 30th. Click HERE to sign up.

The Purpose, Meaning, and Beauty of Living a Jewish Life | Rabbi David Woznica
A Series of Gatherings for Men and Women in their 30s – 50s
Kickoff: Tuesday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m.
Our first topic: Extraordinary Jewish Teachings that can Elevate and Shape Your Marriage.
Learn more at WiseLA.org/CJL | RSVP online HERE.